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The Flowers Personified by J.J. Grandville

The Flowers Personified by J.J. Grandville


J.J. Grandville was a French caricaturist known for his satirical illustrations. He often featured parahuman and anthropomorphic characters to emphasize his political commentary and satire.

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Published posthumously in 1847, Les Fleurs Animées (The Flowers Personified) is both a satirical and poetic collection of botanical illustrations. Considered by many to be a masterpiece, the original book featured 54 etched and hand-colored illustrations depicting the enchanting world of floral maidens. While the Victorian societal references may not mean that much to us now, the amazing color and character detail have definitely retained their magic after all these years.

These particular illustrations are from an 1867 edition of the book and are available in the public domain.

 

Belle_De_Nuit

Tulipe

Nenuphar

Fleur_De_Grenadier

Coquielicot

Chardon

Ceillet

Capucine

Les_Fleurs_detail

If you're interested in browsing all 54 illustrations and perhaps beefing up your French, both Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the 1867 edition are available to view and/or download at the Internet Archive. Scans of the original etched illustrations can be viewed online at the New York Public Library website. Cheers!


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AmyHands

These are so wonderful! I have seen a few of these before when I was at uni. They are just stunning pieces of work.

Verub

Beautiful illustrations, impossible not to be inspired. Thank you very much, a very inspiring article!
Myosotis
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sprouticus

They really are, it was tough to select just a few illustrations to put in the post. I wasn't familiar with his work before I stumbled across this book, but now I want to dig up more of these amazing illustrations.

AmyHands wrote:
These are so wonderful! I have seen a few of these before when I was at uni. They are just stunning pieces of work.
Team

sprouticus

So happy you enjoyed it!

Verub wrote:
Beautiful illustrations, impossible not to be inspired. Thank you very much, a very inspiring article!
Myosotis

geeklove

So stunning! I love really love the colors in Tulipe. Thank you for sharing!

noodlesndoodles

OMW, what a treasure! These are beautiful and so precious coz of their age. Thanks so much for sharing.
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sprouticus

Glad you liked it! The palette that came from Tulipe is one of my favorites.

geeklove wrote:
So stunning! I love really love the colors in Tulipe. Thank you for sharing!
Team

sprouticus

My pleasure! There are so many old gems to be found searching various archives, this one was fun to stumble across.

noodlesndoodles wrote:
OMW, what a treasure! These are beautiful and so precious coz of their age. Thanks so much for sharing.

Amany_A_Eid

i like that it is so wonderful <3

aprilbedingfield023

I love these arts...Perfect for Kiddy Booklets.


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hyacinthleamonrou002

I love to create one. Among on your list Belle de Nuit is my favorite. Aside from taking PMP Training I also love painting and making creative art stuffs.

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